Overall, there are many Bank of America 0% APR credit cards. Some offer 0% APRs on balance transfers and new purchases, while the rest have 0% intro promotions for one type of transaction or the other. Bank of America’s 0% APR credit cards have no interest for the first 7-12 months after account opening.
So, no matter what type of card you’re looking for, you should be able to find a 0% offer that fits your needs. But unless you’re a student, you’ll need good or excellent credit to get any Bank of America 0% APR card.
Here are some Bank of America 0% APR credit cards:
BankAmericard® credit card: 0% APR for 18 billing cycles on purchases and APR of 0% for 18 billing cycles for any balance transfers made in the first 60 days. 3% (min $10) balance transfer fee.
A Bank of America 0% APR can be a great tool for financing a big purchase or paying off a balance transfer. Just try to budget your monthly payments so that you pay off your entire balance by the end of the 0% introductory period. And if you’re making a balance transfer, don’t forget that you’ll owe at least 3% fee.
A 0% APR means that you pay no interest on new purchases and/or balance transfers for a certain period of time. The best 0% APR credit cards give 15-18 months without interest. But the average 0% APR intro period is about 10.5 months for cards offering 0% purchases. And it’s around 12 months for the average card with 0% on transfers.… read full answer
A 0% APR does not keep you away from monthly payments, nor does it completely remove interest out of the equation. You still have to make monthly minimum payments to keep your 0% APR. And if you don’t pay off your balance by the end of the 0% intro period, you’ll have to pay interest on whatever balance remains. The penalty is even worse with many retailers’ 0% financing offers. If you don’t pay off your full balance in time, interest will retroactively apply to your entire original balance – as if the 0% APR was never there.
There are a few other things you should keep in mind when thinking about 0% APRs, too.
0% APR Key Takeaways:
You pay no interest on your purchases and/or balance transfers for 2 to 21 months, depending on the card.
0% APRs make debt cheaper to pay off, which helps you get out of debt faster.
A 0% APR does not free you from the responsibility of making monthly payments. You must pay at least your monthly minimum to avoid being classified as late. Late payments damage your credit score.
Zero percent credit cards tend to have fairly high regular APRs. So you should strive to bring your balance to zero by the end of the 0% APR period, when regular rates take effect.
It’s also important to note that you won’t only find 0% APRs on credit cards. You may see auto loans with them, for example. Just be sure to always read the terms in detail before signing. You don’t want to end up with deferred interest instead of a true 0% APR.
Credit card companies generally make money off of fees and interest. So it’s understandably confusing that they would sacrifice the interest part of the equation, if only for a limited time, especially since most 0% cards don’t charge annual fees. But there are three main reasons why banks and credit unions offer 0% APR credit cards:… read full answer
To entice new customers. Zero percent intro rates are eye-catching, and banks can market their other products to new cardholders in order to make money.
To encourage more spending. Credit card companies make money from so-called interchange fees every time you make a purchase. And the more debt you rack up, the less likely you are to repay your full balance within the 0% term.
To make money from interest. This might seem a bit counterintuitive, but issuers know that many people will carry a balance for longer than their 0% intro rate is available. And that’s when they hit you with a high regular APR. The current average is 17.86%. In other words, credit cards with no interest whatsoever don’t actually exist.
These reasons also help to explain why credit cards don’t have permanent 0% rates. And the fact that issuers offer 0% APRs to make money, not just out of the goodness of their hearts, is why you should always be on the lookout for hidden costs and deals that seem too good to be true.
“If consumers actually routinely borrowed at 0% without paying any fees or interest, it would be difficult for credit card companies to earn a profit on these deals,” said Michael Simkovic, an associate professor at the Seton Hall University School of Law who studies the credit regulations. “Customers just really have to read the fine print, compare the total cost of borrowing the amount they need for the time they need it (including interest and fees) and be very, very careful.”
A Bank of America credit card’s interest rate can be anywhere from 14.74% to 24.99% (V). It depends on both your creditworthiness and which Bank of America credit card you apply for. All Bank of America credit card APRs are variable, meaning they can change over time.
BankAmericard Credit Card: 12.99% - 22.99% Variable regular APR. 0% on purchases and balance transfers for 18 billing cycles.
Bank of America Cash Rewards: 13.99% - 23.99% Variable regular APR. 0% on purchases and balance transfers for 15 billing cycles.
Bank of America Travel Rewards for Students: 13.99% - 23.99% (V) regular APR. 0% on purchases for 12 billing cycles.
Bank of America Cash Rewards for Students: 13.99% - 23.99% (V) regular APR. 0% on purchases and balance transfers for 12 billing cycles.
Bank of America Travel Rewards: 13.99% - 23.99% Variable regular APR. 0% on purchases for 12 billing cycles.
Bank of America Premium Rewards: 15.99% - 22.99% Variable regular APR. No intro APR.
BankAmericard Secured: 22.99% (V) regular APR. No intro APR.
Each Bank of America credit card also has more than one interest rate. There’s the regular APR, which applies to purchases and balance transfers and ranges from 13.99% to 23.99% Variable. Several cards have a 0% APR on purchases and/or balance transfers for a certain number of months, before the regular APR takes effect. And if you miss a payment, you could have a penalty interest rate of up to 29.99%. The APR for cash advances can be anywhere from 17.74% to 26.99%, depending on your creditworthiness and card.
If you want to increase the chances of getting a low Bank of America credit card interest rate, you should make sure your credit is as good as possible before applying. Doing anything you can to bump up your income can also make a difference. But if you pay your credit card bill in full every month, you won’t ever have to worry about the interest rate.
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